AD #1661 – The Top 5 U.S. Brands, Baojun’s First SUV, FCA Takes Bids for Magneti Marelli

July 20th, 2015 at 11:51am

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- Magneti Marelli for Sale?
- Baojun’s Home Grown 560
- Top Five American Brands
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18 Comments to “AD #1661 – The Top 5 U.S. Brands, Baojun’s First SUV, FCA Takes Bids for Magneti Marelli”

  1. Rob Says:

    Sad that the auto industry is so desperate to sell cars that we are willing to sell our soul to get into the Chineese market. Their Government is smart by forcing the development to be done domestically, basically forcing all automakers to hand over the technology so in a few years they can take control design build and sell cars far cheaper than anyone else. We will regret this someday and should have told the Chinese to take it or leave it. Let them reverse engineer a car if they want to get into the market handing the technology over will turn out to be a hue mistake IMHO.

  2. Kit Gerhart Says:

    When/if China builds any cars we might want to buy, the “chicken tax” can be expanded to cover all vehicles from China.

    Yes, I know that’s not practical. China would quit buying Boeing airplanes.

  3. Rudy Boniface Says:

    Just a passing comment. John, we miss you when you’re gone but I have to say that son Sean is an ever-better replacement.

  4. MJB Says:

    Zero to Sixty in 2.8-seconds? WOW! And without the 14.4in-wide rear tires of a Veyron. Impressive to say the least.

  5. gary susie Says:

    You got that right Rob.

  6. HtG Says:

    If Tesla is hurling that sedan so quickly today, just think what they’ll do with the sports car they’re developing.

    Be afraid Ferrari. Be afraid

  7. Chuck Grenci Says:

    I thought Tesla was supposed to be ‘green’. sarcasm intended :) Electric or not, when you push the speed, quickness/fastness, you are using more energy than economical. Guess it makes the rich people feel better (to themselves at least); me, I’m not so convinced.

  8. Kit Gerhart Says:

    If you do many of those 2.8 second 0-60 runs, you will reduce your range from 250 miles to about 10 miles. Still, that’s impressive.

  9. MJB Says:

    #7 – Yes, but it’s STILL a heck of a lot greener than doing a 2.8 0-60 in a 12-cylinder Bugatti Veyron.

    And that’s the strength Musk is playing to. Be green, and have your acceleration too. Not all green cars need be weak, little, law-abiding, politically correct, stay-in-your-own-lane Nissan Leafs and Toyota Priuses (sorry Kit, HtG, or whomever it is here who drives one – no offense intended).

  10. w l simpson Says:

    Rob , you said Chineese. I would add a y to your spelling, referring in my case, to the GM
    2.4 timing chains , etc. My remaining days are going to be spent in GM RWD’s

  11. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 To me, there are still a lot of unknowns regarding the “green-ness” of both Tesla S and Prius, because of what happens to the batteries at the end of life. The battery in the Tesla is 10 times the size of the one in a Prius, but both cars have a lot of batteries, and batteries using scarce materials compared to lead lead acid batteries used in regular cars.

  12. Kit Gerhart Says:

    9 Continued. A Prius will go as fast as I feel is safe for avoiding speeding tickets on the interstate, (75-78 mph) while getting 44 mpg, and going over 400 miles per tank. A little less cabin noise would be nice, but if that is of utmost impotance, you drive a Lexus LS, or maybe a Buick Lacrosse if on a tighter budget.

  13. pedro fernandez Says:

    I have read 2 reviews very recently on the Prius and it’s still the to-go-car for the ultimate mileage with the minimum risk of having things go wrong in the future. Incredible mileage without much sacrifice .

  14. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The current Prius is great, but I suspect the next one will be even better. To me, the biggest weaknesses of the current one are so-so cabin decor, and so-so cabin quietness at high speed. On the latter, it is probably as quiet as a 60′s Cadillac, but a lot of progress has been made since then.

  15. Bob Seeley Says:

    Good to see you John. We really missed you.

  16. XA351GT Says:

    I’m confused (not hard to do) In every report you give it’s always Ford is down. The Focus sales are flagging the F150 is trailing the Silverado the CMax has to be given away , but then comes this report that Ford is # 1 by brand. Okay how? the math doesn’t seem to add up from everything you’ve reported this year. What models are selling so well that they are out pacing Chevy and Toyota , which have a lot more models to offer than Ford does.

  17. Kit Gerhart Says:

    16 Escape, Edge, Explorer all sell pretty well. Also, most months, F150 is the top selling vehicle in the US. Doesn’t Fusion outsell Malibu? I’m not surprised that Ford is the top selling name plate.

    Chevy and Toyota have basically the same number of models as Ford, but some are relatively low volume, like Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Volt, and Corvette.

  18. Mike Dale Says:

    It would be interesting to see who even wants Magnetti Marelli. Making parts is a 5% margin business. Companies like that used to sell based on their having OE contracts. It would be interesting to look at the contracts Marelli has to see if they are fundamentally profitable. It would also be interesting to see the state and condition of their plants. Are you buying a bunch of worn out machinery?